John Oliver is looking out for your kidneys, America. He pointed out that kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the country but despite the USA spending the most when compared to other countries, its mortality rate is the highest. "Oliver wondered. "'I was thinking of the Russian Federation investigation when I fired Comey' is the one thing that you are not supposed to say out loud. "We're basically paying for a fully loaded Lamborghini and receiving a drunk donkey on roller skates".
He took them on like only John Oliver can do, and it was brutal.
If you're outraged by that, as you should be, Oliver encourages you to think about signing up as a living kidney donor; you can start by filling out this form. The important question is, 'What do the rest of us do?' And that brings us to Congress.It is time for each and every one of them to pick a lane here. It's now costing the government approximately one percent of the federal budget.
As a result, a network of outpatient dialysis clinics sprung up around the country to accommodate these patients' needs. Oliver said Thiry owed Taco Bell an apology. Multiple videos of company events show Thiry dressed in medieval garb while making splashy entrances; he rides in on a horse at one bash, does tumbling moves to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" in another.
Oliver cites claims that DaVita clinics rush treatments in order to maximize numbers, including an interview with Megallan Handford, a nurse who reportedly was sacked after a decade for his unionizing efforts. They found that transplants were in some cases presented as an equivalent to dialysis, rather than the preferred option, Oliver claims. Since 2011, there have been at least three lawsuits against DaVita, which the company has settled for nearly $1 billion.
"If it's beginning to feel like DaVita is being run like a volume business".
Since then, a vast industry has built up around kidney dialysis, mostly revolving around two for-profit companies: Fresenius Medical Care and DaVita.
Kidney dialysis is more or less where a machine acts as your kidneys, filtering impurities from your blood, or as Oliver explained in an admittedly disgusting analogy: "It's like a Brita pitcher for your blood". In 1974, a few years after Medicare began offering universal coverage for people with severe kidney disease, about 16,000 people were covered.